May 12, 2017
The arrests of illegal immigrants crossing the southwest border by Border Patrol agents decreased again in April. This is the fifth straight month of decline. The total apprehensions of illegal border crossers hit a 17-year low.
The April report, released this week, reveals that apprehensions dropped from the previous month by five percent. The number of apprehensions has dropped each month since President Donald Trump took office. In January, 42,473 illegal immigrants were apprehended after crossing the border. By April, that number had dropped to 15,780, a drop of 26,693.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman David Lapan told NumbersUSA, “A lot of the discussion about changes in our enforcement policy and the way we are going about doing business, we believe that has deterred people. When you get here, it is likely you are going to get caught. You are going to be returned to your country.”
The discussions also appear to be deterring Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) from risking their lives to travel to the U.S. illegally. The arrest of UACs dropped from the January mark of 4,441 to April’s 998. April’s numbers were down from March by 45.